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ERIC Number: EJ836460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Cast-off Creations
Coy, Mary
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v108 n8 p27-29 Apr 2009
A major construction project at a school necessitated the reorganization of nearly the entire building at the end of the school year, a time when teachers are already busy with final exams, grading, and cleaning. To ease the burden for teachers moving to their new rooms and to provide a bit of fun, a school-wide garage sale was held. Unneeded items were recycled and offered to others who might find a new use for them. Cast-offs were brought to the cafeteria where they were organized into categories: textbooks, furniture, office supplies, and odds and ends. The math department donated one of the interesting items this author found: buckets of transparent geometric shapes, or manipulatives, from a curriculum no longer taught. Not only could the shapes be used for tracing, but also for demonstrating color mixing, balance, and three-dimensional concepts. In this article, the author describes an art project wherein students used these recycled geometric shapes in order to create a sculpture that was interesting from all angles and that demonstrated a sense of balance in shape and color. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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